Mutharika gets first poppy, assures war veterans of continued support

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has pledged continued support to the welfare of war veterans who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Mutharika with war veterans

Mutharika with war veterans

Mutharika gets his poppy

Mutharika gets his poppy

Mutharika with a war veteran

Mutharika with a war veteran

APM made the pledge last Friday when he inaugurated the Poppy Week by buying the first remembrance poppy during a ceremony held at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

Mutharika noted with concern that in some instances war veterans have been ignored.

“Indeed from today in remembrance of the noble and gallant fallen heroes of the first and second wars, we will proudly wear the red poppy. Red is the colour of blood as well as sacrifice. This is also reflected on the colour of our Malawian flag.

“It is thus with great pleasure and pride that today I lead Malawians and encourage them to do something in support of the war veterans as symbolized by the poppy flowers,” said Mutharika.

While noting that scores of soldiers die fighting for peace, Mutharika called upon Malawians not take the prevailing peace in the country for granted.

“As we have worn the red poppy since 1921, this implies that we should not take peace for granted because throughout most of the human story, the norm for most of mankind has been war and suffering. It is for this reason that I commend CELOM members and all people of goodwill who have continuously given moral and general support to the war veterans in Malawi,” observed Mutharika.

Mutharika made K1.5 million donation to the Commonwealth Ex-Service League of Malawi (CELOM), a grouping of war veterans.

He also ordered Deputy Defence Minister Jaap Muhango to make a follow up on fundraising initiatives that were hatched by former president Bingu wa Mutharika.

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19 thoughts on “Mutharika gets first poppy, assures war veterans of continued support”

  1. Nyamtawali says:

    I like the comment that says Poly students and prisoners should help in moulding and building structures for the war veterans. I wanted to print this article but am failing. that’s a very good suggestion. Maybe the Deputy Minister can be given a copy of it so that he can see how to go about it. How do you assist Nyasa times?


  3. Nyangabira says:

    Zosangalasa zedi,Amalawi tiyeni titengerepo chisanzo.

  4. Real help says:

    Why not ask final year architect students and their lecturers at Poly to design cheap 2 bed roomed self contained building units for the veterans. We can then build 1000 standard units for them across the country. Get Malawi prison to mobilize prisoners from nearest prisons to mold and bake bricks, take off 10% of their prison time for all those participating in the brick making so they can be motivated to make good quality bricks. There after get builders and assistants, again prisoners, to build the units. Students from our technical school could then wire and put plumbing facilities in the buildings, as part of their final year practicals- fail idiots who don’t to their job properly!!! . Get big companies, air tel, portland, banks, AKY Plastics, press limited etc involved and supply needed material or cash in kind. Nearest secondary school kids could then finish off the work, terracing and vegetable growing for the Veterans. With good coordination and honesty, withing a year lives of most of these people could be improved. As it is, this is all politics, and their lot will most likely be the same next year.

  5. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    Is he the president of malawi or of cholo and mlanje? I hear him always visiting these two districts like an MP.

  6. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Nthawi ya Kamuzu timagula the poppies ndalama imathandiza anthu a ku wounded ku Zomba koma multiparty inathetsa zonse. Now we are pretending that this is new. Tingobweretsa zomwe tinkachitazo basi. Ma poppy agulitsidwe November yenseyu. Tsiku la ku chipilalanso libwerere.

  7. Mlazi Nkhoma says:

    Mmmmmm that’s a good speech

  8. shamela banda says:


  9. Limbi says:

    Thanks for your kind assistance to these veterans

    They suffer a lot in many ways and what you have done is a good example for all of us to emulate

    Thumb up for APM

  10. Maxi Luke says:

    Zoonad mwanenazi bwana APM

  11. Nthima Mapale says:

    A President takuthokozani poonetsa chitsanzo chabwino chothandiza makosana omwe anathandiza Ku menya nkhondo kalekalero za atsamunda kwawoko

  12. Milka says:

    Hope many Malawians will follow your example of supporting these veterans

    The donation that you made is not little

  13. IkaIka Dozola says:

    Muwathandized ma veteran athuwa

  14. Restiana says:

    Nice Mr President

  15. Mnthulungo says:

    Thank you Mr President for such thoughtful speech particularly on reminding everyone that we should not take this peace for granted

    There is power in that word

  16. Lact Mhango says:

    May amzeru oti tikuyenera kusamalira mtendere omwe tilinawo panowu. Mikangano yapachiweniweni abale siithandiza imango zunzitsa Ana ndi azimayi komanso asilikali amaphedws pankhani zopanda pake.

    Tiyeni tidzilimbikitsa mtendere

  17. Dasmos says:

    Nice remark

  18. jack masamba says:

    why firsr poppy?
    please stop all this hero worshipping.
    the money spent on these silly publicity stunts zikanathandiza anthu
    be like in the UK cameron amangogula poppy yekha..
    choonde amalawi kulani

  19. Mango says:

    Big up Mr Presdent

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